Meet the Team

Heather Austin Editor

I’m an inquisitive, open-minded, and easy-going Floridian who lives in Japan. I feel extremely lucky to have found my dream career: teaching English as a foreign language. Having also traveled to 20 countries, my unique background allows me to view the lived experiences of others through a different lens and interpret them in a meaningful way. With a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics and a fascination with language, I understand the power of words and – thanks to my own experiences with mental wellness – how important they are in the healing process.

There is undeniable value in being heard and sharing one’s own experience of personal growth. I joined Better Because Collective to assist and support others in developing their stories in their own words, and, just as importantly, to help overcome the stigma surrounding mental health.